Ravel Morrison insists Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand to blame for Wayne Rooney smashing BlackBerry in fit of rage
RAVEL MORRISON has spoken out about Wayne Rooney smashing up his BlackBerry in a dressing room rage – and blamed it all on Rio Ferdinand.
Rooney revealed how he left Morrison's phone in tiny pieces at after finding it plugged into his charger at the training ground.
The Red Devils legend was fuming 'one of the reserve players' had nicked the charger he was using in the Carrington dressing room.
But Morrison has now taken to Twitter to set the record straight and claimed it was 'all Rio's fault'.
He said he gave his phone to the former centre-back to charge while he was playing in an Under-18s game.
He wrote: "@rioferdy5 Put my phone on charge for me, i had a U18s game on the way out I Gave him my phone.. 90 minutes later.. phone smashed to tiny pieces.
"@WayneRooney it’s all Rio’s fault. I wouldn’t come in and take your phone off charge. I’m sure @GNev2 played some part."
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Rooney, who ended up the club's all-time goal scorer with 253 goals, admits he damaged the mobile before realising it belonged to academy kid Morrison and not one of his successful United first team pals.
Rooney told the Utd Podcast: "I remember I smashed his phone up at one point.
"He came in the first team dressing room when he was in the reserves. My phone was on charge and he took it off and put his on.
"It was when we had the old BlackBerries and it had the email address on the front.
"I thought it was one of the other lads so when I saw it was one of the reserve players I just smashed the phone up!"
Rooney cited Morrison, now 27 and at Dutch club ADO Den Haag, as the biggest disappointment not to make the grade at Old Trafford.
He added: "With the younger players it's been well documented about Ravel Morrison.
"He was brilliant in training and then he had a few issues and it halted his career.
"We all thought he was going to be top level. Everyone could see those issues were going to be there. I spoke to him.
"Gary Neville was trying to get him to live with him. There were different things people tried."
Rooney also revealed he nearly left Old Trafford for Chelsea and that there was strong interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona but a move to rivals Manchester City was never close to going through.
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